BELIEVE IN THE LOVE AND SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH
The Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ
At the Vatican on 16 June 2000, Pope John Paul II ratified and ordered the publication of Dominus Iesus. This Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was signed and published by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) in August of the same year.
In this Declaration, the Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Orders and Sacraments of Old Catholic denominations:
"The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the [Roman] Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches."
"Therefore, these separated Churches and communities as such ... have by no means been deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Catholic Church." IV. Unicity and Unity of the Church, 17
A Church Divided Over Leaders
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10
WELCOMING YOU HOME
The Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church 0f Christ is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan
After the Great Schism, the Roman Catholic Church continued to develop in Western Europe. For the next 450 years, during the Middle Ages, the Popes consolidated their power and extended their influence over the Church and society. With the dawn of the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church was overloaded with moral and political corruption. Many concerned religious leaders made efforts to reform the Church.
These efforts at reform became known collectively as the Reformation. Two very different reformations resulted from these tensions. One became known as the independent communities that became Old Catholic. They were called Old Catholics of Utrecht because they sought to turn the clock back and adhere to the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church prior to the various schisms. The second were called Roman Catholics.
Some of the Independent Catholic communities, like our National Church, the Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ derive their Apostolic Succession through the Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht. The Archbishop of Utrecht traces his Apostolic Succession back to the Holy Apostles. The Ecumenical and Old Catholics therefore, have a valid line of succession, a valid priesthood and episcopate with valid sacraments.
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If you are seeking the contact of any of our bishops or our priests in the United States, feel free to email the Nuncio of the United States:
++M. J. Kimo Keawe. S.T.M., M.Th., CIOM
Nuncio of the United States
Apostolic Administrator of Colorado, Hawai`i, Ohio, Pennsylvania &
the South Pacific Rim